On Friday 13 May a tyre dump near a residential development in Seseña (36 km from Madrid city centre) went up in flames. Since 2001, tyres have been dumped at this illegal dump stretching over 10 hectares. And even if the site was declared illegal and its owner convicted of environmental crime, none cleaning up measures had been undertaken.
Two weeks after the event, the fire is under control and, according to official data, the pollution remains within legal thresholds. However, neighbours are advised not to open doors and windows
, schools remain closed, and there is a controversy over how the incident is being handled
Would a resilience plan have helped? We do think so.